Intercultural & Spiritual Life
At Rochester University, we believe that developing your spiritual formation is just as important as supporting your success on your chosen academic path. The Department of Spiritual Formation is dedicated to inviting students, faculty, staff, and community to participate in God’s life and work. We seek to engage God to form us into well-rounded, well-educated and well-equipped people by connecting in a Christian community.
Community Life + Worship
The Community Life + Worship (CLW) program at Rochester University exists in our community through chapel programming, campus ministry programs, diversity initiatives, service learning opportunities and more. Each of these experiences help lead to faith formation among our students. Chapel is the dedicated time where the campus community gathers together for worship, teaching, and ministry driven programming. Campus ministry initiatives focus on developing programs, and learning opportunities that nurture spiritual growth for students.
Service learning efforts integrate meaningful community service and reflection to enrich the Rochester University learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.These collective efforts are aimed at building community in a diverse world, affirming Christian values, and instilling a greater sense of vocation. Participation in the Community Life + Worship program is a requirement for graduation, refer to the Student Handbook for a complete description.
Rochester University is committed to continuing its efforts in creating a diverse, and welcoming community for all students, staff, and faculty to thrive. Intercultural life is aligned with our institutional mission, and our Christian identity. Students will participate in structured programs, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities to gain a broadened sense of intercultural understanding. Through collaboration with other members on campus, campus leaders, and area churches, the hope is to offer educational experiences that provide cultural support for historically underrepresented students.
Spiritual life at Rochester University is exhibited on our campus through campus ministry initiatives, service opportunities, and chapel. Each of these experiences lead to spiritual formation, and a greater sense of vocation among our students. Campus ministry initiatives focus on developing programs, resources, and learning opportunities that develop faith formation in our students. Service projects, community outreach, and missions are all embedded values in our institution.
- Chapel: Meeting three times a week, chapel is integral to building community and encouraging worship. Chapel offerings include biblical teaching, and other creative programming that promote vocational awareness, intercultural, interpersonal, and personal formation.
- Campus Ministry: Campus Ministry is led by a team of student leaders who work under the supervision of the Director of Intercultural & Spiritual Life who cultivate spiritual life on campus through a variety of opportunities.
24 Hours of Prayer
Nothing is as effective for the growth and health of a University as prayer. During the first week of the fall semester, the students and employees of Rochester University take turns praying 24 hours around the clock for God’s blessing and guidance throughout the upcoming school year.
ELEVATE is a week-long summer camp on the campus of Rochester College for students entering the 7th grade through graduating seniors. Some campers attend as part of their youth groups while others attend as independents. Students listen to our well-regarded guest speakers, share in small groups, praise during worship time, engage in service, and participate in all types of recreation and entertainment.
Each week Campus Ministry hosts a Happy Hour serving tea and coffee. This provides a chance for you to relax and enjoy a peaceful moment in your day.
The Offering is a monthly evening of praise and worship in music and prayer. Student-led with a variety of musical styles and gifts, the Offering aims to empower the lives of disciples through sincere and meaningful worship.